In brief: MHP hires ex-minister Burstow, Mother recruits FinchFactor, Ezzeldin named IBT PR lead for EMEA

MHP hires ex-minister Burstow, Mother recruits FinchFactor, Ezzeldin is the first IBT PR lead for UK and EMEA, FCA lawyer joins Houblon Communications, and more from PRWeek UK.

Ezzeldin: Joined IBT Media last week
Ezzeldin: Joined IBT Media last week

MHP hires former health minister Paul Burstow

Former Liberal Democrat health minister Paul Burstow has joined MHP to provide strategic advice and support to clients and staff. Burstow joins ex-home secretary Charles Clarke and former BIS and Defra permanent secretary Sir Brian Bender, who already work for the agency. Click here to read the full story.

Mother appoints FinchFactor as PR partner

Creative agency Mother London has appointed reputation management company FinchFactor as its PR partner to help build its UK and international profile. FinchFactor is to work with Mother London’s management team to amplify the agency's story behind its campaigns. Click here to read the full story.

Sharon Ezzeldin is first IBT PR lead for UK and EMEA

Sharon Ezzeldin has been appointed to the new role of director of public relations for UK and EMEA at the news organisation IBT Media. The firm, which has more than 90 million monthly readers across ten brands including International Business Times and Newsweek, appointed Ezzeldin from NBCUniversal News Group, where she was a senior comms manager.

FCA lawyer joins Houblon Communications

Catriona Lothian, a former lawyer at the Financial Conduct Authority, has joined Houblon Communications as a consultant. She will help lead comms strategies for the firm's governance, risk and compliance clients. She worked for the financial regulator from to 2009 until earlier this year.

Julia Wei heads to The Secret Little Agency

Edelman’s former consumer practice head in Singapore, Julia Wei, has been appointed general manager of the Singapore office of The Secret Little Agency. She will help expand TSLA's HQ in the city-state. It also has bases in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Read the full story on PRWeek Asia.

Biennale brief from British Council for Sutton

The British Council, the UK's international body for cultural and educational relations, has appointed the PR firm Sutton as part of its comms strategy for the British Pavilion at next year's Venice Architecture Biennale. The architecture exhibition is held in alternate years to the more famous and older art Biennale. The British Council said it was particularly impressed by Sutton's digital plans for the campaign.

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